HAARLEM - NEDERLAND
This is the story of
Jan Hendrik Mastenbroek,
born May 14 1907 at Heerhugowaard,
Jacoba Johanna Kroon,
born July 4 1900 at Haarlem,
21 Dec. 1936
and their four sons:
Jan : 25.09.'37
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It was not an easy time to get married.
Hitler was building his war machine, Jews were harrassed and murdered, it was almost impossible to find work and money had no value at all.
Mamma had been married for five years (without children) and because of being divorced they were not really allowed to get married at the Church.
To have their children baptised they had to do a sort of *****penal session**** boetedoening in front of the whole congregation.
Pappa found work at a weapon manufacturer at Hengelo, amd Mamma was a hospital nurse.
Grandma Mastenbroek was very much against her son marrying a divorced woman so there was poor contact between her and her son'sexcept for some letters they exchanged, so we hardly knew her.
The only time we really met het was at our fantastic bycicle tour from Heerenveen-round the-IJselmeer-to-Haarlem while we stayed over for a night at her home at Harderwijk.